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Life Science Advanced Research Center by HENN

Life Science Advanced Research Center (LS ARC) designed by HENN for Merck’s global headquarters in Darmstadt is a pioneering research facility. It consolidates research on vital technologies within Merck’s Life Science sector, encompassing a range of processes and materials crucial for antibody, protein, and viral vector research, among others. Additionally, it serves as the epicenter for advancements along the mRNA value chain.

Positioned as a cornerstone of the emerging research and development campus, LS ARC anchors the Innovation Mile, extending from the Innovation Center at Emanuel-Merck-Platz. This strategic location underscores its pivotal role in Merck’s research endeavors.

Functionally, the LS ARC embodies a paradigm shift in laboratory design, seamlessly integrating laboratories, offices, and communal spaces. Its modular layout facilitates flexible subdivision across horizontal and vertical planes, fostering collaboration and adaptability.

view from the west | all images courtesy of HENN architekten

Architecturally, the building’s compact cubic form unfolds with two deeply carved atria, inviting daylight to permeate the interior. The atria, adorned with indigenous plant species from the Odenwald region, double as tranquil green spaces, enhancing the working environment. Externally, a louver structure veils the glazed facade, offering glimpses into the vibrant interiors. The ground floor houses a demonstration lab, while the upper levels feature an open-plan layout, seamlessly blending laboratories and offices.

Strategically positioned glazed walls create visual connectivity both within the building and across the campus, fostering a sense of cohesion. Solar shading elements, including projecting floor slabs and recessed terraces, optimize natural light and thermal comfort.

Sustainability is paramount, with rooftop photovoltaic systems generating electricity and greenery mitigating carbon emissions. This holistic approach followed by HENN’s architectural team underscores Merck’s commitment to environmental consciousness.

deep atria carve life science advanced research center's cubic form by HENN in germany
main entrance west

deep atria carve life science advanced research center's cubic form by HENN in germany
facade model

deep atria carve life science advanced research center's cubic form by HENN in germany
atrium

deep atria carve life science advanced research center's cubic form by HENN in germany
winter garden

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